Item - 1976: FINGER ON THE TRIGGER

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1976: FINGER ON THE TRIGGER

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47 mins
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Director: Guy Hubbard: South Africa, 2006.
Producer: Kevin Harris Productions for SABC3
Peter Magubane (b.1932), one of South Africa’s most distinguished photojournalists, used his camera as a weapon in the fight against apartheid. This programme, originally transmitted in two parts, is a tribute to his legacy and the courage he displayed during a career that stretches over some fifty years. He started at Drum magazine and he and one of his colleagues, veteran photographer Jurgen Schadeberg, talk about their experiences under the editorship of Tom Hopkinson. In 1967 he joined the staff of the crusading Rand Daily Mail and former editor Raymond Louw talks about Magubane’s work for that newspaper. The second half of the programme is mostly devoted to the Soweto uprising of 1976, a momentous event that was comprehensively documented by Magubane. Many of his photographs made their way overseas and were used by organizations such as IDAF to publicise the injustices suffered by blacks in South Africa. His work is contrasted with the pro-government line taken by the SABC at the time, with Freek Robinson, Kevin Harris and Barry Feinberg contributing their views.

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